WHAT ABOUT A FIELD TRIP TO CAÑADA DE LA VIRGEN?
Come with ROMOTUR and discover the beauty of Cañada de la Virgen, one of the most incredible pre-Columbian sites in the state of Guanajuato.
Just 33 kilometers southwest from San Miguel, we’ll be witnessing the pre-hispanic splendor of the Rio Laja´s basin.
Located in the northern border of Mesoamerica, the site named Cañada de la Virgin was established around the fifth century A.C. by probably Oto-Pame groups.
It is believed it was an important astronomical and ceremonial center due to the presence of the “sunk patio” that filled with water was used as an astronomical observatory and discovery of the mortuary bundle named “El Jerarca”. Primarily investigated by Don Miguel Malo, it suffered a dynamite explosion in the 40´s which caused irreversible damages to the main structure. Cañada de la Virgen has since been part of the archaeological heritage of San Miguel.
In the 1990´s, the main pyramid was excavated by the archaeologists Luis Felipe Nieto and Don Paterson. They both ran the first scientific excavation on the site and made a complete map pointing about 90 archaeological sites in the rio laja basin.
In 2002, archaeologist Gabriela Zepeda led a multi-disciplinary team with anthropologists, sociologists, architects, restorers, historians and archeo-astrononers. They all worked from 2002 to 2011 and obtained enormous advances in the investigation.
Due to the archeo-astronomical program led by Rossana Quiroz, we can talk about calendar importance of the site and the role played by the sun, moon and venus as markers of the agricultural and religious events.
Come on this four hour tour guided in English by professor Jesus Rodriguez who is going to provide you with complete information about this gorgeous place.
Tour duration 4 hours.
Cost $ 50 USD Personally led in English by Professor Jesús Rodríguez. Includes door to door transportation, entrance fee, water and snacks